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Gerber Foundation

  • Fremont, MI
  • www.gerberfoundation.org

Mission Statement

The Gerber Foundation's mission is to enhance the quality of life of infants and young children. The foundation supports research across the United States with the aim of improving early childhood health and nutrition.
On a much smaller scale, youth programs are supported in a 4-county area of West Michigan.

Main Programs

  1. Pediatric Research
  2. West Michigan
  3. Scholarships
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

For research grants, throughout the United States

For all other within Lake, Muskegon, Oceana, and Newaygo Counties in Michigan

ruling year

1954

Program Manager

Self-reported

Ms. Catherine Obits

Keywords

Self-reported

pediatric, health, nutrition

Notes from the Nonprofit

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Also Known As

The Gerber Foundation

EIN

38-6068090

 Number

5632385650

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Private Independent Foundations (T22)

Pediatrics Research (H98)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-PF.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Pediatric Research

Areas of funding include research in the areas of pediatric health, pediatric nutrition and environmental hazards to pediatric health.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

None

None

Budget

$3,200,000.00

Program 2

West Michigan

Support for youth activities and programs in the West Michigan area

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$200,000.00

Program 3

Scholarships

Scholarships for students graduating from a high school in Newaygo or Muskegon County, Michigan

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$300,000.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Primary goal is to improve the health and nutrition of infants and toddlers, up to the age of 3 years old. We expect that results of funded research will lead to changes in the practice of nutrition and health that will improve the lives of infants and toddlers.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Funding of research dealing with health and nutrition issues that will generate a relatively immediate change in practice both in the health care and nutrition fields.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Foundation reviews nearly 300 proposals annually to select those that meet criteria and fund a select few that show promise in meeting the goals outlined above.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Monitor annually progress on each grant and outcomes achieved over select periods of time.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Projects are varied but several have resulted in positive changes in practice, including new methods of measuring vitamin levels in infants, a tool to identify the age of a bruise on a child, a tool to identify which children may need an abuse work-up in the ER, etc.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

For research grants, throughout the United States

For all other within Lake, Muskegon, Oceana, and Newaygo Counties in Michigan

Affiliations + Memberships

Council on Foundations - Member

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Financials

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THE GERBER FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Gerber Foundation

Leadership

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Program Manager

Ms. Catherine Obits

BIO

BSN, University of Michigan

MSN, University of Colorado

MBA, Baker College

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms Barbara Ivens

No affiliation

Term: Jan 2013 - Dec 2013

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?